Fit festive fancies

I can't believe that it's almost Christmas again! This year, having been elbow-deep in nappies, as opposed to the usual roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, I feel like Christmas has caught me unawares. Even now I've got my head around the imminent approach of the 25th, my focus has been very much on what to [...]

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Mother runner

When I entered the ballot for the 2019 London Marathon I don’t think I really expected to get in. I’ve entered now for a number of years and I assumed that this year, as in previous ones, I’d receive the ‘sorry not this time’ email and, with feelings of disappointment and relief in equal measures, [...]

Marathon mums

(image from netmums.com) With marathon training season in full swing, I've been enviously looking on as my friends on Strava and Instagram crank up their weekly mileage. While on the one hand the talk of their long runs makes me want to sign up for a marathon immediately, on the other, the reality of my running [...]

‘Black hole’ training and unexpected acupuncture: How to build endurance and avoid injury

Never has the term 'a blessing in disguise' seemed so pertinent to me as this week, when I finally conceded that the pain in my hip and lower back was severe enough to take a break from running and get some professional advice. Okay, so maybe 'a blessing' is a slight exaggeration, but sometimes it [...]

A new vegan cake fuelling system for marathon training?

With Lent now in full swing I debated writing a post about abstinence this week. Whether it's cutting back on a vice such as alcohol or caffeine, laying off the chocolate or avoiding sugar, being abstemious, and knowing that you can do without one thing or another, can be incredibly empowering. Indeed, since the yoga retreat [...]

Brain Pickings: On thinking fast and running slow

Last week I struggled with my long run. The issue was not so much physical as mental. I found myself counting down every kilometre, my mind jumping from fatigue, to boredom, to hunger (I'm still running fasted, although with my distances mounting I think I'm reaching the tipping point at which I can do this) [...]

Embrace your bad runs, listen to your body and other wise words from the Runners Connect Podcast

This weekend, while I was searching for an audiobook to get me through my long Sunday run, I stumbled upon the Runners Connect - Run to the Top podcast. Curious, I downloaded a couple of episodes while I had my pre-run cup of tea. Tea consumed, I pulled on an extra running top, laced up and [...]